Megan Hansen

Town welcomes canoe racers to annual festival

The Penn Cove Water Festival will once again honor the region’s Native American heritage with canoe races, performances and education. The Water Festival allows Northwest tribes to share their heritage through tribal dancing, singing, storytelling, native artists’ booths and demonstrations. The event also includes food such as fry bread and salmon cooked over an alder wood fire.

Frontier finalizes deal to open store in Coupeville

Representatives with Frontier Building Supply confirmed Friday the business will be opening a Coupeville location.

Winds whip Whidbey but damage is minimal

Tony Popp, a public affairs officer for Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, reported that maximum winds were recorded at 57 mph at 2:02 p.m. and the fastest sustained two-minute winds were recorded at 45 mph at 2:12 p.m. North Whidbey Fire and Rescue had a few more calls than Oak Harbor.

Holiday House in need of additional gifts for teenagers

Santa’s satellite workshop in Oak Harbor may be a little light on gifts for some boys and girls this holiday season.

Coupeville Festival Association awards $28K in community grants

The Coupeville Festival Association gave out more than $28,000 in community grants Monday night that help support the artistic and historic culture of Central Whidbey.

Port of Coupeville appointment raises transparency questions

The appointment of a hand-picked commissioner to the Port of Coupeville last week raised questions about whether the public agency conducts business in an open and transparent manner.

Coupeville considers utility rate hike

Coupeville Town Council is anticipated next week to approve new utility rates that will increase the average homeowner’s bill by $42.

Coupeville council says Navy’s jet noise impact area too small

Coupeville Town Council members assert that the Navy should consider areas near the Central Whidbey touch-and-go field as “directly impacted” by jet noise. After initially withholding comment, the town council last month responded to the Navy’s request for input on how jet noise at OLF Coupeville affects historic properties. The Navy made the request as part of the Environmental Impact Statement study which is required with the switch to EA-18G Growler jets.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Program ensures students get three squares

Aaron Syring said he first learned several years ago during a parent-teacher conference that child hunger was an increasing problem in Oak Harbor That realization led to the creation of a program in Oak Harbor that was already up and running in other communities.

Attendance steady, sales strong at annual festival

Under sunny skies and despite an abundance of events on Whidbey over the weekend, attendance was strong for this year’s Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival.

A&C Fest gives back to the community

Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival organizers are finalizing last-minute details before one of Whidbey Island’s largest events of the year gets underway Friday.

Lavender Wind Festival will go on despite loss of some 2,000 plants

The pretty purple fields at Lavender Wind Farm off West Beach are a far cry from last year’s “bumper” crop.

Free car charging station to open at Greenbank Farm

Pretty soon electric cars will have a free charging station in Central Whidbey.

Coupeville Town Council considers first utility rate hike in 14 years

Members of the Coupeville Town Council got their first look at proposed utility rate increases during a special workshop and some council members were concerned the rate hikes might not be high enough.

On the waterfront: Annual festival is steeped in tradition

Penn Cove Water Festival kicks off its 25th year today in downtown Coupeville.

Weekend MusselFest all about ‘more, more, more’

This weekend’s Penn Cove MusselFest is about extra everything. Expect extra tour boats, extra shuttles, extra bathrooms, extra music and, most importantly, extra chowder tasting tickets.

Oak Harbor man dies in five car accident Tuesday | UPDATED

An 82-year-old Oak Harbor man died Tuesday morning in a five car accident north of Dugualla Bay. The accident sent three people to area hospitals and shut down Highway 20 near Jones Road for several hours while police investigated.

Port establishes Greenbank Farm lease negotiation terms

The Port of Coupeville held a special meeting Friday after learning previous action taken in regard to tenant leases at Greenbank Farm was not legal.

New Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation shelter offers more space; grand opening Sunday

In the process of moving into a new 12,544-square-foot shelter, administrators for Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation have barely time enough to catch their breath.

Greenbank Farm managers say they’re backing out of the picture

Any hope that the Greenbank Farm Manage-ment Group could continue in an advisory role over the farm were dashed Monday night as the farm management group said it’s done. The Port of Coupeville is moving forward with plans to manage the farm itself.